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Whitmer Calls Michigan Protests “Troubling”

May 4, 2020

Michigan Capitol
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says protests at the state Capitol where demonstrators displayed Confederate flags and swastikas don’t represent most Michiganders.  She defended the state and her efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 on national television.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Polls suggest there’s wide support for Whitmer’s handling of the health crisis in the face of protests at the Capitol where some people waved Confederate flags, displayed nooses and swastikas, and many did not follow social distancing rules.

Whitmer said on CNN’s State of the Union that protests won’t alter her plans for addressing the health crisis and re-opening segments of the economy.

“We’re in a global pandemic.  This isn’t something we just negotiate ourselves out of as if it’s a political matter.”

On Thursday, the governor extended a state of emergency through May 28th.  A separate stay-at-home order is in place through May 15th.  Republicans in the Legislature have threatened legal action.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org